All-new 2023 Honda CR-V set for ASEAN debut in Thailand this month

Honda Thailand has announced that the all-new sixth-generation 2023 Honda CR-V will be making its regional debut later this month at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show. The announcement was brief and included only two teaser photos, but it does reveal some very important details for the model offering in Thailand.

Chief of which is the model’s powertrain options. In Thailand, the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V will be offered with a 2.0-litre e:HEV hybrid mill in its range-topping RS variant, alongside a 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine for the other variants.

If the 2.0-litre e:HEV engine sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same unit found on the Civic e:HEV RS hybrid that was launched in Malaysia late last year. On the CR-V, however, the e:HEV hybrid mill (based on international specifications) now makes up to 207 hp and 371 Nm of torque, compared to 184 hp and 315 Nm on the Civic.

The 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, meanwhile, is carried over from the pre-facelift model, boasting 193 hp and 242 hp. Both powertrain options are paired to a CVT gearbox (e-CVT for the hybrid), and according to the images provided by Honda Thailand, it’ll also still be offered with an all-wheel drive option – on the turbocharged powertrain option at least.

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Honda Thailand also mentions that the Honda Sensing advanced driver assist systems will be standard across all variants. As for the rest of the equipment, we’ll probably have to wait for the model’s actual launch in Thailand on the 22nd of March.

With the e:HEV mill making its debut on the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V in Thailand, it’s likely that we’ll also see the same hybrid powertrain in the SUV when it’s launched here in Malaysia. As for when it’ll be launched, though, we’re guessing it’s probably going to be towards the latter months this year – although camouflaged test mules have already been spotted in the country.

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